Been looking at this printer for sometime to replace my aging HP 8500.
It's not one for everyone, I realise, but it fits my purposes and long term budget. Although it is nearly £180, with the saving on buying expensive ink cartridges (HP cartridges for that 8500A are getting pretty pricey) or clogging up a good printer with 'compatibles', it is actually a great price. It's going to cost up front, but the deal is in having those ink tanks. With my wife returning to Uni for her degree in nursing, I want economical printing.
The reviews for it are mostly very good. The big selling point is the refillable tanks for ink. Easy to use and refill. It comes with 2 years of ink. That's based on 4500 b/w and 7,500 colour pages. Those kind of numbersmay not mean much, but with many high capacity cartridges giving around 500 pages, that's comparable to around 24 cartridges. And of course once you use that up, whats the refill costs. Well a full set of inks for this is around £34 for genuine cartridges, giving you a huge saving the second time around. If you only paid a tenner a cartridge (i reckon that's pretty cheap) for another printer, that other printer will cost you about £240 to do the same, and the second time around, you are looking at £480 total, this printer will have set you back around £210. If you make the printer last for a third refill, wow, serious savings. This was the no-brainer for me.
And apart from the cost of cartridges, there is of course the ecological side. 4 empty 70ml bottles compared to 24 empty cartridges.
Current Epson promotions are £40 cash back on this model (until 31/10/2016) (https://www.epson.co.uk/en/viewcon/corporatesite/cms/index/12256/) AND a 3 year warranty (http://www.epson.co.uk/viewcon/corporatesite/cms/index/10939/)
£176.06 delivered AFTER cashback (£216.06 upfront). Epson have a good reputation for paying cashback. Amazon sales page confirms this printer is eligible for cashback and extended warranty.
Useful info: Wifi and ethernet. Manual duplex (not auto). Smart phone app.
This is the Epson sales pitch
Product page (https://www.epson.co.uk/products/printers/inkjet-printers/consumer/ecotank-et-4500)
This EcoTank printer is the perfect choice for any home office after the ultimate economical printer, with no fuss, no surprises and printing costs reduced by 70% on average2. A 4-in-1 inkjet with print, copy, scan, fax and an Automatic Document Feeder, the economical ET-4500 couldn't be easier to maintain, with two years' worth of ink1 included in the box.
Say goodbye to ink cartridges
The star of the ET-4500 is its newly designed integrated ultra-high-capacity ink tank system, which completely does away with the need for ink cartridges. That means less fuss and much more printing between refills than other inkjet printers.
Two years of ink1
Imagine not having to think about ink for two years. As well as doing away with ink cartridges, the ET-4500 has four colour 70ml Epson genuine ink bottles in the box, which make it easy, clean and quick to fill the ink tanks.
The ET-4500 saves you 70% in printing costs on average. It achieves an ultra-low cost per page, printing up to 4,500 pages in black and 7,500 pages in colour at just a fraction of a penny per page4.
Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity
Equipped with Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi direct, the ET-4500 can take advantage of all Epson Connect5 features. Print quickly and easily over Wi-Fi from a smartphone using the free Epson iPrint app, print remotely or email the ET-4500 a print job.
Quick, quality results
The ET-4500 uses Epson's own Micro Piezo technology for excellent-quality print-outs. Mono prints are delivered at a rate of 9.2 pages per minute while it can issue 4.5 colour pages per minute6. A 30-page ADF helps boost productivity.
Two years of ink1: Print up to 4,500 pages in black and 7,500 pages in colour3
Ultra low-cost printing: Save 70% on printing costs2
No ink cartridges: Easy-refill ink tank system
Wi-Fi & apps: Print from mobile devices
4-in-1: Print, copy, scan & fax